Subject: Re: /etc/default
To: None <>
From: Greg A. Woods <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/25/1995 17:07:23
[ On Tue, July 25, 1995 at 14:06:22 (-0400), Perry E. Metzger wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: /etc/default 
> Chris G Demetriou writes:
> > It's not clear to me that having the full SysV inittab generality is
> > really worthwhile...  (i, personally, have always found the notion of
> > having N different run levels annoying. 
> Agreed. They do no good. On the other hand...

You fellows don't seem to have dealt with machines that need fine
control over several different operating states.  It makes for very easy
implementation of some specialized turn-key systems.

Even the "standard" AT&T operating modes (i.e. shutdown, single-user,
multi-user, full-networking, reboot, and firmware) are very elegantly
implemented with run-levels.

Some of the complexity and magic of things like the BSD shutdown command
can be beautifully laid out in an easy to follow and very flexible
manner with these run levels.

(BTW, there's more than ample documentation of all this stuff in the
original AT&T manuals.  Blame your vendor if they didn't think it was
worth passing on to you.)

							Greg A. Woods

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